A leather jacket with skirts

Green leather jacket with long skirt (1 van 1)Skirts for a change. A difficult one (a long skirt) and an easy one (a pencil skirt). Attempting to keep the outfits modern, I combined these skirts with a leather jacket. This olive coloured one is softer near my face than a black leather jacket. You can wear it zipped right up as I did in this first photo or leave the zip half open. Looking at the photos again, in hindsight I don’t think this jacket is the best option for the skirts. 

Let us start with the long skirt. When I bought it in the Max Mara outlet in Italy together with Dan of The Pretty Cute, I saw the matching jacket first (not in this post). And I cannot resist an ensemble. It looked so 1950 together: jacket and skirt and pumps. But afterwards it just seemed to be all too black. It looked like I was attending a funeral. What a pity.

So I had to come up with new ideas (not my strongest point). This is the first in a series, I promise.

Below: the jacket is longer at the front than the back. The brandname of the jacket is Goosecraft, the type is called Stella. They still sell them in shops like “A guy named Sue” in Haarlem (see their facebook page). The little bag is a thrift find for € 24,- (I am holding it the wrong way…) and the boots are by Hugo Boss (a couple of years ago).Green leather jacket (12 van 13)Below: the Max Mara skirt has a honeycomb structure.Green leather jacket (13 van 13)Below: close-up of the little bag. It has a nice long leather strap as well. Like a string.Green leather jacket (10 van 13)Below: you can see the long strap in this picture. I took it with a different lens… makes my face look all weird. (Or my hair was weird.)Green leather jacket with long skirt 2 (1 van 1)Below: over to the pencil skirt. Prepare yourself, I just have bad pictures. Taken indoors at the office. Wearing tights which are all black at the back and have a big pattern at the front. Very daring for me.Green leather jacket with pencil skirt (1 van 1)Below: wearing short suede boots with them.Green leather jacket (2 van 13)Below: the necklace is a purchase during my shopping spree in Antwerp. It is rosé gold (well… gold coloured; not real gold).Green leather jacket (3 van 13)Below: a closer look at the tights. Vage picture.Green leather jacket with pencil skirt (11)More posts with these skirts coming up next month or so. And also with the leather jacket. This was quite a lousy post. My apologies. Ron didn’t feel like taking pictures and I wanted it “done”. This is the result…..

(Note: when Ron read this post -before publishing-, he still offered to take better photos. But the post was already made and I could not be bothered. Sometimes, my dear readers, I make you suffer.)


PS: Linking up with Patti who is hosting loads of bloggers, to ensure women over 40 remain Visible. You can also win a dress there.

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  1. 11 January 2015 / 19:27

    haha…you are sounding more like an artiste Greetje…these photos are interesting to me so I say don’t apologize for a ‘lousy’ post! We take our surroundings for granted, but I for one, like to see pieces of people’s lives, your office for instance looks very modern and accommodating.

    You know I’m not big on black clothing, but your long skirt is Italian chic at it’s best! Paired with slightly slouchy boots and your killer jacket…well, you have the je ne sais quois…effortlessly chic!

  2. 11 January 2015 / 19:41

    Awesome jacket, Greetje…love it with the pencil skirt and the really cool hose!

    • Greetje
      11 January 2015 / 21:19

      I am still getting used to that style……

    • Pam
      14 January 2015 / 21:11

      I agree with Pam @over50feeling40.
      Those hose are so cool! And I love them paired with the pencil skirt and leather jacket.


      • Greetje
        15 January 2015 / 22:37

        I am glad you two Pams think the same about this subject haha. Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated. I guess you either like or hate the tights.

  3. 11 January 2015 / 20:27

    Greetje, the first look is hands down my most favorite look on you. You look incredible.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2015 / 21:19

      I am gobsmacked by your comment. To use a good English expression.

      • 11 January 2015 / 23:10

        Why, you look wonderful. I love the little handbag…everything!

        • Greetje
          12 January 2015 / 05:56

          Because I was not that sure about the outfit. Not at all. That is why I am surprised. But thank you.

  4. 11 January 2015 / 21:39

    I like short jackets with longer length skirts so this works for me. The jacket is beautiful, but I have to confess I’m not crazy about the tights!
    Happy New Year Greetje, hope it’s a great one for you and Ron xxxa

    • Greetje
      11 January 2015 / 21:43

      Thanks Aileen. Love your comment. I must admit I look at the tights myself and think…hmmm??? But some people seem to love them. I do want to go outside my comfort zone and try these things. Perhaps the tights would be better with pumps instead of those booties?
      And of course happy new year to you too.

      • 11 January 2015 / 21:52

        Maybe pumps would look good with the tights. I think I am just stuck in old fashioned ways and I admire you for giving them a go. You are a lady of style and look great in everything you wear.

        • Greetje
          11 January 2015 / 22:01

          I am stuck the same way as you are. You cannot imagine the number of doubts that I have about clothes, styling and such LOL

  5. Katrien
    11 January 2015 / 21:52

    Gorgeous leather jacket, my favorite color as well, need to pay ‘A guy name Sue’ a visit sometime again. Good for their cash flow as well:) I like you best in the pencil skirt and with the jacket open but am not too crazy about the tights. Stick with the booties though.

    • Greetje
      11 January 2015 / 22:03

      I told them you might be coming over again haha.
      And I am surprised about the tights, you are number two who is not crazy about them. Hmmmm.

  6. Happiness at Mid Life
    12 January 2015 / 07:03

    I love this jacket and these 2 looks are one of my favorite looks. I love how the bold those tights are, I have patterned tights but stick to pretty plain patterns (like polka dots) and not sure I can rock these like you did here.


    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 11:06

      You are the second person who declares these outfits as favourite looks. I am totally lost. As to me they are so so. Meaning not that nice.

  7. 12 January 2015 / 09:28

    Both looks are great! I find them timeless and the jacket gives a modern touch. A black leather jacket would have probably been too much, but the olive green colour is very nice…( funny, I have chosen a similar shade for the dress of my today’s post! ) I like it with the long skirt which shape I find the most difficult to style! I wonder if a belt would be nice on the jacket, but I am not sure at all as the jacket has two zip fasteners…

    Exit from your own safe zone requires a lot of time for matching clothes and accessories, but you did a good job!

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 11:09

      I have a couple of stylings with this skirt and that big black Max Mara belt which I bought recently (see post Market in Haarlem). That works rather well. With the top tucked in. I was afraid it would make my upper half too short, but I quite like it. Will be on the blog later.
      I will try a (small) belt on the leather jacket too. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. 12 January 2015 / 09:37

    I carefully checked your jacket and noticed that … it probably has only one long zip and two on the pokets of course )
    That confirms I definitely need a pair of glasses!!

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 11:09

      I knew that…

  9. MyEmptyBag
    12 January 2015 / 10:13

    Lovely leather jacket! I like the color and works perfect with the midi skirt. If I wore this look I’d wore it with boots like in your first proposal!


    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 11:10

      Thanks. I am quite surprised people like these looks as I wasn’t that enthousiastic myself.

  10. Mrs C
    12 January 2015 / 11:48

    I kind of lean more on the longer fuller skirt pairing here.. I think the whole ensemble is more flattering. The purse however is so so cute!

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 13:40

      And the purse was a steal at € 24,-. Could not leave it in the shop.

  11. 12 January 2015 / 15:04

    That olive leather jacket is everything! It looks fabulous and you look fabulous. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 19:51

      I quite like it as well, but it is not my favourite item. Don’t know why, but it isn’t.

  12. 12 January 2015 / 15:16

    Love these outfits Greetje. As you say so modern yet with a touch of classic and I find them very YOU. The skirt is lovely and it was a good choice to wear it with something tighter and short on top. Gives you a great hourglass figure and amazing waist. Perfect for your type. Since you are wearing high heels, the outfit is perfectly balanced.

    As much as I like the first outfit, I like the second even better! This is so hip and modern and says to the world that you mean business. I know that patterned tights are not for everyone cup-a-tea (I noticed that from the comments on my patterned tights looks) but sometimes you just want to do something extra and in this outfit it just works. It gives you a bit more of an edge and of course the leather jacket helps with that too.

    You already know that I have a similar jacket and I have worn it just like you with a printed pencil skirt, but then with nothing underneath 🙂

    I very much look forward how else you combined these skirts. Great to see you experimenting and trying new things!

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 19:53

      I am not loving the results yet though. It takes quite a bit of getting used to. In my old mind there is still another (perfect) picture. But I will contine to go out of my comfort zone.

  13. Marianne
    12 January 2015 / 17:25

    Since I received already a few magazines with the spring and summer collections I must say I like the longer skirt, it is very fashionable, and I like your silhouette. The pencil skirt I would put in storage. Pencil skirts are fashionable too, but then longer over your knees. Great jacket, I like both ways of styling. And what a fun handbag, very lovable.

    • Greetje
      12 January 2015 / 19:59

      Well Marianne, I think you are absolutely right. And I do also have a pencil skirt over the knee for spring (still from my Dolce & Gabbana suit). But I’ll be damned if I dismiss this pencil skirt to the knee. Nowadays every length is OK and if it is not high fashion but looking very good, I will wear it. Hah!
      And I am glad you like my styling and the little handbag. Kiss.

  14. 12 January 2015 / 22:22

    Miss Photographer (you are becoming), which I think is wonderful, its a great second hobby linked to your first.
    Seriously love that soft (well, it looks extra soft) leather jacket. The olive color is perfection next to your skin tone but it is a color that can pretty much go with every item a person owns. I also love the fun and unique zipper. I was amazed at how different the two looks were, zipped up and left down a bit. I actually prefer the the way you wore it with the pencil skirt, zipped down a bit, and I LOVE those tights. The entire look with the pencil skirt is amazing, from head to toe. I don’t mind the jacket with the full skirt but I just think it looks better with the pencil skirt.
    I think you should now pair that jacket with your new winter white jeans . . . perfect match, my friend.

    • Greetje
      13 January 2015 / 05:52

      I tried the jacket with the cream jeans but I don’t like the bum part. Too exposed and not my best feature. I am working on a shirt underneath it. Not sure whether it is going to work. I love it with just jeans and a fabulous necklace. Also a winter white pencil skirt is good, but difficult with shoes/boots although I may have found something. So more posts with this jacket are in the making. And yes it is very soft.

  15. Elle
    13 January 2015 / 08:47

    I love each piece in the first outfit, and it looks well on you, but I feel that the jacket is too distressed for the rest of the ensemble. Which is polished.
    I adore, LOVE that bag. And in the second outfit, I love the tights.
    You are always perfect in. A pencil skirt,

    Xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      13 January 2015 / 21:37

      Ah.. You see.. I am looking for distressed with polished. A juxtaposition. Just a matter of taste Elle. Glad you don’t like everything. Would be scary haha. Finally the little bag got his 15 minutes of fame on the blog haha.

  16. 13 January 2015 / 15:58

    What is life without experimentation. I think you look great in both looks and no apologies needed. Personally, I love the patterned tights, and of course, the leather jacket. Your thrifted bag is a delightful find!

    • Greetje
      13 January 2015 / 21:38

      And you know so much about thrift finds and bags…

  17. 13 January 2015 / 19:13

    I adore the pencil skirt outfit. Those tights are WILD and sexy. Ron must have liked them. I really love the leather jacket. In fact I think that whole outfit would fit quite nicely in my closet ; P

    I think your pencil skirt is a perfect length BTW. With your legs you can do no wrong.


    • Greetje
      13 January 2015 / 21:42

      Ron “sort of likes them” (his words) when I asked him about the tights. Fun that I have an outfit that would fit your closet, but I am keeping it in mine LOL.
      Mind you, I was not so sure about the two outfits. And still aren’t.

  18. 13 January 2015 / 20:00

    I have an almost identical jacket, but mine is more “taupe”. I love it paired with the pencil skirt and those kickass tights. The shape of the skirt and jacket is very classic and elegant, and the tights add some sass. Long and full black skirts are hard to wear without looking heavy and drab. I think the shape of the jacket balances out the fullness of the skirt, but the outfit needs a splash of colour – perhaps a bold scarf?

    • Greetje
      13 January 2015 / 21:43

      I want to show the full skirt in the near future with a bright neon pink top tucked in and a black belt. See what you think of that.

  19. 18 January 2015 / 08:44

    You look great in both outfits, which is of course no surprise, but my favourite is the full, midi skirt. I love the full skirt with the fitted jacket and I can just imagine the fun of swishing that skirt. What an adorable little bag. I would have great troubles with that one though as I pack around stuff. I like to be prepared and have been known to hand out wet wipes to strangers.

    • Greetje
      18 January 2015 / 13:18

      haha, hand out wet wipes to strangers… I do the same… And don’t for a minute think that this little bag is my normal bag. Usually I schlepp around a big shopper in one hand and this dandy thing in the other. Like I did in the post “The market in Haarlem”. Only when I know I am going to friends or the theater, I might risk it to just take the small bag. Usually to find out halfway through the evening that I needed that one thing which is in the shopper…

  20. 22 January 2015 / 20:25

    I KNOW I left a comment here, on this one … or tried to! Am both behind on comments, replies and posts and have gremlins in my comments, now!!!!!
    The reason I know is that I LOVE these outfits on you … very edgy and ladylike at the same time, and the sophisticated neutrals are so cool in these perfect proportions on your great figure. I’m dying for those beautiful tights and how hard they work for you in this killer combination.
    I would have not missed an opportunity to gush about how much I love these two outfits.
    You look like Madame Commander of All Things Chic in Amsterdam! Ron is lucky to have you to photograph.
    Just shows even middling photos work of the outfit is fabulous!
    I’ve got a new camera as the old one was just getting too worn out and iffy … now I’ve lost my place to pose because of the very different lens focal length. Can’t get the whole me in, ’cause if you back off far enough you fall three feet off the porch! Big changes happening with that one little thing, and I’m not finding easy solutions. Probably good that I break this habit, anyway.
    I persevere, though, and will return soon-ish.
    Your blog is just fascinating and gets better every week, Greetje. No kidding.

    • Greetje
      22 January 2015 / 22:58

      So I am thinking I am making a crappy post with rotten pictures and bad outfits…. and you tell me you love it. I give up.
      Give me your address and tight size by email and I will send you a pair of those tights.
      How about another lens? Or a tripod which you can adjust in height and put further away while you stay on the porch. (Of course you cannot put it in the rain, while you are high and dry underneath the porchroof haha.)
      Did you read my last post? I am dieing to know what you think of that one. Don’t comment on it yet, you are busy. Just read it.

      • Greetje
        22 January 2015 / 23:01

        shoot… dying… not dieing.

  21. 23 January 2015 / 13:40

    What a beautiful jacket. I think this will go with anything really. Love it. Its one of those pieces that will last a long time and never goes out of fashion. Those tights are absolutely gorgeous. Both ways are great however I love the pencil skirt option more. (you can tell I am a bit of a sucker for patterned tights) 🙂 xo

    • Greetje
      24 January 2015 / 20:15

      And I thought those tights would be “an acquired taste”. Glad you like the outfits. I am still not that sure. But the jacket is good.

  22. 5 February 2015 / 16:16

    Don’t like the long skirt very much, but the other looks are nice.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2015 / 17:39

      I am still getting used to skirts with boots. And I am a slow adapter.

  23. Marga
    11 February 2015 / 01:23

    I LOVE the jacket, long skirt and boots combo. It’s classic, tres chic, stunning!

    At my house we’ve been having a “debate” about how Dutch women dress. My father says they’re just awful, all those leggings and long things over top of them. I had him take a look at this outfit as my proof that he was wrong. What did he say? “Hmph. Ze staat netjes uit.” Next time I am wearing my tunic and leggings when I visit him. 😀

    I need to find me a skirt like that though. Very soon. In charcoal, I think, for my light grey leather jacket.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2015 / 20:19

      Your father is right though. We are not known for “best dressing”. Easy, comfortable, warm are keywords. But there are a few who are holding the flag. It gets better when you go south to for instance Maastricht. And there are better dressers in big cities too. Especially in Amsterdam. Like in any country. You can also show him my three Street Style posts… that will silence him LOL.

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